What do we do if we receive a red flag on a bridge inspection (and what does it mean)?
A red flag following an inspection is the issuance
of a type structural deficiency warning and is used to indicate that the failure or potential failure of a primary structural bridge component is likely to occur within two years of the current inspection.
Once corrective action is taken, a highway department can provide the state with documentation showing that the deficiency has been resolved and, once the state reviews the corrective actions, a certification is issued to the responsible party confirming that
the red flag has been officially removed.
New York State Bridge Inspection Manual
Appendix B “Inspection Flagging Procedure